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Issue 48

06 Dec 2023

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(1) Apply now to work with us - Interim Head of Policy and Advocacy (Maternity Cover)

This role is responsible for developing strategic and propositional policy asks, ensuring a progressive contribution to the issues we seek to address. This involves engaging and mobilising members to use their voice to highlight the issues and building political support for international development among parliamentarians. Whilst we are seeking full time cover, we are flexible on this and encourage any suitable candidates to apply. If you would like to discuss the role, enquiries are welcome, please email ceo(at) Find out moreClosing date: Extended to 18 December, 9am

(2) STRICTLY MEMBERS ONLY: Dóchas Members Christmas Drinks - 12 December 

All Dóchas members are invited to join us for our Dóchas Christmas Drinks on Tuesday 12 December. Kick off the festive season and have a chance to catch up with other members at our event. Please contact programmesupport(at) for further details and to RSVP. 

Meetings, Seminars, Conferences & Workshops 

(1) Frontlines of Activism: A Policy and Practice Seminar – 7 December

The Centre for Global Education and the DICE Project invite participation in an online seminar on "Frontlines of Activism", the theme of Issue 37 of the journal Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review.  Speakers are: Gertrude Cotter, Niamh Gaynor and Gabriela Martinez Sainz.  Thursday, 7 December 2023, 12.00pm - 1.30pm.  Registration is essential through Eventbrite. Register here

(2) Building an Evaluation Function from the Ground Up: The Department of Foreign Affairs – 8 December

The Department of Foreign Affairs’ Evaluation Seminar Series is hosting its 8th seminar in its series on 8th December, and welcomes interested participants to attend. This seminar will focus on ‘Building an Evaluation Function from the Ground Up’. It will take place at Iveagh House from 1:00pm to 2:00pm (doors at 12:30pm). You must register in order to attend (in person or online). Register here.

Situations Vacant - Paid Posts

(1) Trócaire - Vacancies in Ireland and Internationally

Trócaire is currently advertising vacancies for various roles in a number of countries. Find out more about these roles. Various closing dates apply.

(2) Oxfam Ireland – Vacancies in Ireland and Internationally.

Oxfam Ireland is currently advertising vacancies for various roles. Find out more about these roles. Various closing dates apply. 

(3) GOAL - Vacancies in Ireland and Internationally

GOAL is currently advertising vacancies for various roles in a number of countries. Full details are available here. Details for current invitations to tender for consultancies can be found here. Various closing dates apply.

(4) Concern Worldwide - Vacancies in Ireland and Internationally 

Concern Worldwide is currently advertising vacancies for various roles in Ireland and internationally. Find out more about these roles. Various closing dates apply. 

(5) Call for Tender - Development of Strategic Plan 2024 – 2029: Irish Development Education Association (IDEA)

The Irish Development Education Association (IDEA) is hiring a consultant to support the development of it's Strategic Plan 2024 - 2029. The process for developing the strategic plan will be led by IDEA's National Council and Director and will involve a focussed consultation with members and other stakeholders, with the support of an external consultant. It is expected that the process will be completed between December 2023 and May 2024. Find out more. Closing date: 13 December

(6) Safeguarding Advisor: Concern Worldwide

Concern Worldwide has a vacancy for a Safeguarding Adviser position, based in Dublin, seeking to further its capacity and quality through the provision of strong direction, guidance, tools, and capacity strengthening globally through three principal objectives:

We are looking for someone with strong technical knowledge who can meaningfully and sensitively engage with Country Offices, remotely and in-person, with both a principled and practical approach. Find out more. Closing date: 13 December

(7) Misean Cara: Multiple Roles 

Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning (MERL) Officer

The MERL Officer is a key role in achieving the organisation’s objectives regarding monitoring, evaluation, research, learning, capacity development and the measurement of results. Within Misean Cara, the Learning & Development Team promotes learning, accountability and capacity development through an annual programme of monitoring, evaluation and research based on the hundreds of projects implemented by member organisations each year. The successful candidate will have demonstrated skills and experience in all aspects of project cycle management, in particular monitoring and evaluation, and will be adept at identifying and articulating learning to be shared with Misean Cara’s members and the wider development community. The Learning & Development Team consists of a manager, four officers based in Ireland and four development mentors based in the Global South (in Peru, Ghana, Zambia and Kenya). Find out more. Closing date: 13 December

Project Officer

Misean Cara is seeking a Project Officer on a full-time, permanent basis. Working as part of the Funding Team you will be responsible for providing support to Irish missionary organisations (our members) who work in the areas of livelihoods, education, health and human rights. This role will primarily work with members in the areas of Health and WASH. Find out moreClosing date: 18 December 

(8) Communications Manager: Irish Red Cross

The Irish Red Cross (IRC) is looking for a creative and highly motivated communications professional to develop and implement a clear and compelling communications strategy to bring our story to a wider audience. This is an exciting and strategic role that will focus on the development of a coordinated approach to build public support for the

IRC and the establishment of an efficient and coordinated internal communications structure throughout the IRC’s national network and head office in Dublin. The person chosen for this role will oversee and drive the development of our communications strategy. Find out more. Closing date: 21 December

(9) SDGs Campaign Officer: Coalition2030

Coalition 2030, Ireland's national advocacy and engagement Coalition for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is hiring a Campaigns Officer to help support its election and membership engagement work. This is an exciting and dynamic role for someone that wants to promote sustainable development as we head into a season of elections: Local, European, and General. The post is a part-time role and you'll be working closely with the current Coordinator. Find out more. Closing date: 6 January

Situations Vacant - Unpaid Posts (Internships and Volunteering) 

(1) Launch of I-VOL Volunteering Database Expansion for Global Volunteering Opportunities: Comhlámh and Volunteer Ireland

In celebration of International Volunteer Day 2023 on 5 December, Comhlámh and Volunteer Ireland unveiled an innovative online service catering to individuals interested in volunteering in the Global South. The national volunteering database I-VOL, coordinated by Volunteer Ireland, has been expanded to include comprehensive information about volunteering placements outside Ireland. Members of Comhlámh’s Code of Good Practice for Volunteer Sending Agencies are at the forefront, providing unique placements rooted in values-led, solidarity-based international volunteering. Find out more.

Courses and Training

(1) Training for International Development Roles - Viatores Christi

Join VC this January 2024 for our live Venture training programme (online)! Tailored for current and aspiring development/humanitarian aid professionals, this international and inclusive programme hones practical skills for impactful work in the field. Explore modules covering project cycle management, community development, conflict resolution, global awareness, social justice, and climate change all within a new, more accessible, GCE framework. Spanning 3 weekends on January 27th-28th, February 24th-25th, and March 30th-31st, this programme offers 6 interactive training days from experts and 20+ hours of online self-directed material – all for just €300. Participants will include those actively engaged in development projects in East Africa. Find out more

(2) Eurocheck Security – Hostile Environment Course – 29 – 31 January 2024

Our hostile environment courses are suitable for individuals who are currently working in or are going to work in medium to high-risk areas. They will help to ensure that you keep yourself and those you are working with safer. In addition to the normal security subjects covered in the security awareness courses, this course includes sessions on kidnap, landmines, trauma, sexual assault. The course also includes pre-course reading, exercises and role plays. Our main courses are conducted in Kildare but we can also run short bespoke courses at your own location. We also conduct online hostile environment and security awareness courses. All courses are suitable for NGOs, Charities, journalists, students, human rights workers and volunteers. Reduced rates for regular clients and for organisations sending four or more students. Find out more


(1) Gender transformative programming – what we have learnt so far: ActionAid - 8 December, 10am

Want to learn about gender transformative programming? Join ActionAid Ireland for a webinar on December 8th at 10am (Irish time) for the launch of our lessons paper on what we have learnt from addressing the root causes of GBV and gender inequality. You will hear from women’s organisations, women leaders and ActionAid staff who participated in Irish Aid’s funded Women’s Rights Programme in Ethiopia, Kenya and Nepal from 2017-2023. They will share achievements and challenges over the six-year programme as well as key lessons from programme approaches used to challenge patriarchal social norms and structural barriers to gender equality. All are welcome. Please register here and contact Nisha.Karki(at) for more information. Register here

(2) Decolonising Global Health: An Interactive Introduction – Irish Global Health Network - 8 December, 11.30am (online) 

‘What is Decolonising Global Health? How do I begin reflecting on and engaging with the issue?’ If you have found yourself asking these questions, this event is for you!  The Irish Global Health Network and ESTHER Ireland are excited to welcome you to ‘Decolonising Global Health: An Interactive Introduction’! This 2-hour event will introduce the concept and issue of Decolonising Global Health, through a brief presentation, followed by an interactive workshop on Reflexivity and Positionality with Dr Brittney S Mengistu, post-doctoral researcher at Vrije University. There are very limited places available so early registration is advised. Find out more and register here

(3) Poetry for Climate Action and Climate Justice - Paula Galvin’s project being presented at COP28 in Dubai – 10 December

This project is the result of five years of working on giving children a voice to express their concerns, their fears and their hopes for Earth through the medium of poetry. The project took place in Clonburris N.S, with collaboration from Fighting Words. It also informed the case studies for an Erasmus Plus project entitled CC4CA, Climate Curriculum for Climate Action. The event will be livestreamed on the 10th December (Sunday). Registration is required and you can vote for the best project. Find out more.

(4) December Leadership Academy Breakfast Club: The Wheel – 14 December – Cork

The last Leadership Academy Breakfast Club of the year will visit the beautiful Nano Nagle Centre in Cork on Thursday 14 December 2023 from 9.30 to 11am and will explore the topic Leaders and Legacies. Most of us wonder what kind of legacy we will leave behind, but what about those leaders who went before us and whose legacies continue on? And what about the leaders responsible for stewarding those legacies? This month we are joined by Claire Mac Evilly, CEO of Airfield Estate and John Smith, CEO of Nano Nagle Place. We will discuss what it is like to be a Leader in an organisation that already has a huge leadership legacy and how we can honour these legacies while still building our own. The event is FREE and open to anyone in the non-profit community at any stage of their Leadership journey. Register here.

Other Information 

(1) Horsehair Wigs Podcast

The ninth episode of Irish Rule of Law International’s monthly podcast Horsehair Wigs (kindly supported by Irish Aid) is now available to stream. This time, the guest is Binta Mansaray, the Sierra Leoneon human rights activist and Registrar of the Residual Special Court of Sierra Leone. Established by the UN and Sierra Leone, the Court’s aim is to investigate and prosecute war crimes committed during the country’s civil war (1991-2002). In conversation with journalist Evelyn McClafferty, Mansaray speaks about the legacy of the brutal conflict, its financing through so-called ‘blood diamonds’ and the continued victimisation of the many thousands of children who were forced to right. Listen to all episodes here.

(2) Minister Fleming launches the Irish Aid 2024 Global Citizenship Education grant round

GCE is a lifelong educational process which aims to increase public knowledge and understanding of the rapidly changing, interdependent and unequal world in which we live. The Irish Aid Global Citizenship Education grant scheme is a competitive process that provides grants of between €10,000 and €180,000 of one, two or three years in duration.  Grants are available to a range of civil society organisations, including those working in schools, third level institutes, youth organisations and in the adult and community sector in Ireland. Find out moreClosing date: 15 December 2023


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